After a two-year hiatus as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Reggae Marathon makes its eagerly awaited return. From December 2 – 4, roughly 600 locals and practically 1000 abroad contributors will journey to Jamaica for the twenty second staging of the legendary race.
Contributors will navigate a course formally licensed by the World Athletics Group. The circuit runs from Lengthy Bay Seaside Park, then loops into Negril, north in the direction of Bloody Bay, after which finishes in Lengthy Bay Seaside Park.
Occasion celebrities the Reggae Runners, a 400-member sturdy group out of the USA, are desperate to get again on observe for his or her tenth outing, taking part within the Reggae Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 10K race. “Every year, members of the charity group make lodge reservations for the next staging earlier than leaving the island, which reveals the extent of pleasure, anticipation, and respect they offer to our occasion. Additionally, this group has been of large assist to the Inexperienced Island Secondary Faculty and different native charities in Negril by donating ‘barely worn’ athletic footwear and money to assist college students take part within the annual occasion. And this yr can be no exception,” mentioned Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, Race Director for Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.
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One other notable participant can be European marathoner Albert Meijir, who will run in Negril as a part of his dream to attend his fiftieth occasion within the fiftieth nation. “His presence in Negril may also deliver a whole lot of consideration to our annual occasion, via in depth media protection in Europe,” mentioned Francis.
Cesar Lizano, from Costa Rica, may also be taking part. The Olympian represented Costa Rica within the London Olympic Video games and has been on a tear within the marathon circuit profitable the Miami Half Marathon and ending third within the San Jose Marathon. As well as, a Costa Rican group can be competing just about – they’ll run on a treadmill over the identical distances because the occasions and share their time.
Victory Seaside Celebration
After the race, there can be a Victory Seaside Celebration – that includes fast-rising artiste Ras I – in addition to an award presentation of over J$1 million in money and prizes. Contributors can be awarded commemorative finisher medals and certificates. Basil Watson sculpted trophies, within the likeness of Bob and Rita Marley, which can be awarded to the female and male winners of the Reggae Marathon respectively.